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A team of healthcare workers will be deployed to Javon Bea Rockford Hospital in Riverside, Illinois.

In a press release, Pritzker explained that the federal government had granted the state of Illinois’ request for medical personnel assistance to the Winnebago County Medical Facility.

Under the terms of the agreement, a team of 22 people, including clinical staff, will be dispatched to the Mercyhealth-operated hospital for 14 days to help doctors and nurses treat COVID patients.

The additional staff will also be used to help other area hospitals that may be transferring patients to Javon Bea-Riverside, the news release said.

As COVID hospitalizations hit record highs this week, Pritzker announced that hundreds of healthcare workers will be deployed to hospitals across the state in the coming weeks.

The governor, in a COVID-19 update on Wednesday, announced that 552 additional workers are expected to arrive at public hospitals by next Friday. Additionally, the state is sending another 340 workers from so-called “COVID response teams” to “rapidly respond to emerging crises in hospitals and other health care facilities” in the next 10 days.

More than 2,000 healthcare workers have already been sent to struggling Illinois hospitals this month to help with patient care and give workers a reprieve.

“With an unprecedented number of hospitalized patients, we must do everything
we can keep our medical professionals and institutions operational and available to anyone who needs medical assistance,” Pritzker said Wednesday.

According to figures from the Illinois Department of Public Health, as of Thursday, 7,320 patients who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 have been hospitalized.

That’s just below the all-time high for hospitalizations, which was set Tuesday with 7,353 hospitalized patients, according to IDPH data.

NBC Chicago

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